Monday, April 25, 2011

The Wilhelm Scream

I should probably hold on to this for "W" in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge, but Topless Robot posted this compilation of 50 years of The Wilhelm Scream and I can't NOT post it!

I have always been vaguely aware of The Wilhelm Scream from its repeated use in the Star Wars films, but had no idea it was used THIS often!

For those of you who MIGHT not know, Wikipedia tells us:

The Wilhelm Scream is a film and television stock sound effect first used in 1951 for the film Distant Drums. The effect gained new popularity after it was used in Star Wars.  The scream is often used when someone is shot, falls from a great height, or is thrown from an explosion.
The sound is named for Private Wilhelm, a character in The Charge at Feather River, a 1953 western in which the character is shot with an arrow. 

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